DIY Chalk Paint Refurbishing

I love my nightstand. It’s nothing fancy, but it has sentimental value to me. It was my mom’s when she was growing up and I also spent a summer’s day repainting it with my Nana when I was about 13.

If you have a special piece of furniture, or find something awesome second hand, a fresh coat of chalk paint can make a world of difference. It can bring new life to an old gem.


My nightstand is in great shape but the white paint and flowery handles are from when I was a kid. It needed a makeover!

This project is super easy. Slap on some chalk paint, screw on some new handles and bing, bang, boom, you’ve got yourself a new piece of furniture! With the chalk paint, you don’t even need to sand the wood.

What You’ll Need

  1. A damp cloth
  2. A paint brush
  3. Chalk paint of your choice (I used ArtMinds Chalk Paint in Timeless Teal from Michael’s)
  4. Glaze/wax (I used ArtMinds Clear Wax but you can also use other finishes for different effects)
  5. Furniture to paint
  6. New hardware, as required
Hired help can also be handy. But watch out! Don't hire the hairy ones or you'll get a bunch of hair permanently stuck in your furniture!
You can also get some help but if your helper was as hairy as mine was, you’ll have nice souvenirs stuck in the paint.


Make sure to also read the instructions on your paint to see if anything varies.
  1. Clean – Wipe off any dust or debris from the surface of your furniture and let dry.
  2. Prime – If you are going from dark to light, I would suggest using a primer. I skipped this step.
  3. Paint – Apply coats of chalk paint, while making sure to let dry completely in between.
  4. Finish – Apply a thin coat of wax to prevent scratches and fading.
  5. Trim – Apply any new hardware.
  6. Wait – Don’t put anything on your furniture for a good 24 hours to make sure everything has set.

A Finished Chalk Paint Night Stand

Overall, I am super happy with how this project turned out.

Chalk Paint Drawer

The paint did come out a bit lighter than I had planned. Not sure if it was because of the paint itself, the fact I was painting over white, or I picked up the wrong container at the store. Either way, I’m proud of the results.

Chalk Paint Night Stand

Happy refurbishing!

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